Crio Bru

Have you heard of Crio Bru? I hadn’t until recently. It’s pure 100% ground cocoa beans. The claims are that its antioxidant rich, cholesterol free, gluten and sugar free, fat and sodium free, increase energy, and reduce hunger. 

  • It is supposed to help boost your immune system with antioxidants. 
  • Increases energy naturally with theobromine (not caffeine). 
  • Curb your appetite and lose weight
  • Support your heart, brain, and bones with magnesium. 
  • Maintain healthy blood sugar levels with chromium and zinc. 
  • Healthy and safe for kids. 
  • Gluten free.

This information was taken from the package. 

I am a hot chocolate drinker but most of the stuff out there is garbage. This is supposed to be a truly dark chocolate experience. It’s not sweetened, but you can add sweetener to it. I will not be doing that for the next 26 days as no sweeteners are to be had while on the Whole 30. 

You brew your Crio Bru the same way you’d brew traditional coffee. They say using a French Press is the best way to go. As I’m not a coffee drinker at all I did not own a coffee maker or a French Press. I now of course own a French Press as I bought it at the same time as the Crio Bru. 

I am so not a coffee drinker or knowledgeable of coffee preparation so I had to watch some videos on how to use my new French Press. I watched a video on how to brew it from Crio Bru’s website as well and am all ready to try out this product. 

Just like coffee you can get different varieties of Crio Bru based on where the beans are grown. I bought the Cavalla Bru which is from the Ivory Coast which has flavor notes of coconut and cinnamon. 

You can check out their website here.

Let me tell you when you open the bag the smell is delectable. It’s a very rich chocolatey aroma. I could definitely just sniff the bag forever. The ground cocoa beans look like course ground beans pretty much like a coffee bean would look like. But, in my opinion smells way better than any bag of coffee beans ever will, but again I’m no coffee drinker. 

Once your water boils if you are using the French press method it takes between 10-12 minutes to brew. So yes, it takes a little time to make, although it has none of the garbage that the little packets you just add water to and stir. 

As for the taste it’s pretty good. I made it on the weak side not knowing if I’d like it. However, I think I made it too weak. So next time I will definitely be following the directions, and brewing this a bit stronger. I’m sure it will take some trial and error to get it to the strength that I like. 

I definitely recommend this if you enjoy drinking a cup of something nice and relaxing. It is of course ridiculously hot here in VA, so I’m not sure how often I’ll be drinking it as when it’s hot out I want nothing to do with hot  food or drinks. Although, I’m already thinking about brewing it and then pouring it over ice.  I think it would taste amazing in a hot day. 

  
Crio Bru in one of my favorite mugs. 

Oh and I forgot best part Whole 30 approved.